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MOT.....couple of minor issues!

Discussion in 'A3/S3 Forum (8L Chassis)' started by A3Tom, May 7, 2010.

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    A3Tom Smell my finger.

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    Well my car had its MOT yesterday and whilst it passed I got a nice little orange sheet with a few issues on..

    1. Offside front Macpherson strut has slight movement at the upper attachment

    Is this a ball joint or something easy that can be swapped out?

    2. Nearside front suspension has slight play in a lower suspension ball joint

    No worries, I'll just replace the ball joint (I'll do both sides so I know they're both good)

    3. Front brakes only just met the front brake imbalance requirements. It would appear that the braking system requires adjustment or repair.

    WTF?, how on earth do I go about that?

    4. Nearside front brake reading badly fluctuating

    The chap said its either a warped disc or the pads need taking out and refitting with plenty of copper slip to make sure the pads are seated properly. He said he think the pads need refitting but I think it feels more like a warped disc as you can feel it through the pedal. I'll obviously refit everything but the discs are less than 12 months old..grrr.

    Anyone got any advice on point 3 as that has be concerned :(

    Apart from that though the guys that were looking over the car all gave it a big thumbs up for being super clean and tidy underneath.... one asked to let him know if I decide to sell it too which is always nice :)

    T
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    Tom maybe your brakes just need bleeding and some fresh fluid? Got my m.o.t tomorrow, really hoping it passes!
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    I've been thinking of changing the fluid out for a couple of months now so I think I'll do it next weekend.

    I'll strip all the front brakes down, clean, copper slip and then put them all back together again and then bleed them. I'll have to check the discs arent warped too...grrr. I really hope they havent turned to cheese as they're not very old and I dont give them a very hard life.
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    Sticky caliper maybe? 3 and 4 could be related...

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    I'm with you on that one mate, 3 and 4 must be causing the smae issues etc.

    Calipers are in really good nick (or they were when I changed the discs and pads) so I think its going to be a case of strip the whole lot off...rob a bank and get some Brembos :)
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    Seems a favourite of MOT stations. Mine had an advisory on this in 2008. Took it to be checked elsewhere and nothing wrong. Latest MOT went straight through no advisory. Wording was identical.
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    Nice work :whistle2:

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    I'll sort the other ones out and see how that one goes being left alone then....as long as there's nothing dangerous about it when I have a good look at it.
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